Environmental Management

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CBP is committed to environmental and cultural stewardship while performing our core missions of border security and the facilitation of legitimate trade and travel. CBP works hand-in-hand with other Federal, Tribal, state, and local agencies, as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), to fulfill environmental compliance regulations and to ensure protection of the Nation's natural and cultural resources. Additionally, CBP works diligently to integrate responsible environmental practices - including incorporating sustainable practices - into all aspects of our decision making and operations.

Environmental Planning

CBP is committed to responsible environmental stewardship and engages in environmental planning for all construction and maintenance projects—including facilities, physical barriers, roads, lighting, surveillance systems and detection technology.

CBP’s environmental planning process includes 30- to 60-day public comment periods to gather information and data from interested stakeholders about potential impacts to the environment, habitat, wildlife, culture, quality of life and commerce—including socioeconomic impacts—that may result from the proposed project. To date, CBP has reviewed and considered feedback provided by tens of thousands of comments from stakeholders.

Environmental Planning Process

Steps for environmental planning. The first step is conduct stakeholder outreach and shows an icon of three people. The second step is complete natural, biological, and cultural resource surveys and shows an icon of binoculars. The third step is provide agencies and tribes the opportunity to review draft survey reports with an icon of a hand holding a piece of paper. The fourth step is analyze potential impacts to natural, biological, and cultural resources with an icon of a hand holding


CBP’s environmental planning includes the preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) or Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). For some projects, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may determine it is necessary to exercise his or her authority in Section 102(c) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) to waive certain environmental laws, including NEPA, to expedite construction of border infrastructure. In this case, CBP seeks to accomplish responsible environmental planning within a managed timeframe to meet operational needs and prepares and implements an Environmental Stewardship Plan (ESP).

Public Involvement

CBP believes environmental stewardship is best achieved through community involvement. If you have data or information that can inform our environmental planning, we want to hear from you!




Proposed Small Water Treatment Plant and Septic System Replacement Project: Highway 86 Checkpoint, Imperial County, California
Border Barrier From Yogurt Canyon to Imperial Beach (Friendship Circle) – San Diego County – September 2022
Border Barrier Remediation Plan - Imperial County - June 2022
Border Barrier at New River – Imperial County – May 2022
Train Gate - Imperial County - May 2022
Border Barrier Remediation Plan - San Diego County - May 2022
Maintenance and Repair of Patrol and Access Roads on Bureau of Land Management Lands - San Diego and Imperial Counties - November 2021
1418 Firebreak Road Maintenance - San Diego County - September 2021
Tactical Communication Network System - Los Angeles County - March 2021
Border Barrier West of Andrade Port of Entry - Imperial County - December 2020
Crossing Structure at Tijuana River - San Diego County - August 2020
Border Barrier - Imperial County - March 2020
Border Barrier - San Diego County - March 2020
New Brown Field Border Patrol Station - San Diego County - August 2019
Secondary Border Barrier Replacement - San Diego County - June 2019
Air and Marine Operation Center Expansion - Riverside County - May 2019
Border Barrier - Imperial County - May 2019
Border Barrier near Tecate and Calexico - Imperial County - May 2019
Vegetation Control at Alamo River - Imperial County - November 2018
Border Barrier Replacement - San Diego County - June 2018
Vegetation Control at Tijuana River - San Diego County - July 2017








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Source URL: https://www.cbp.gov/about/environmental-management